Mystery plant 033

You can find this woodland plant primarily in the eastern and some middle states of the U.S.  When you can identify it, please leave a comment below.  Include the common name, the scientific name and any personal story you may have about the plant.

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Plants during winter season

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Plants in early spring

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Group of plants blooming

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View of flowers from above

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View of flower from side

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Close view of portion of flower

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Equitant leaves during summer season

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata).

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3 Responses to Mystery plant 033

  1. Richard Lewis says:

    Iris cristata, dwarf woodland iris. Never seen this one in the wild, but am familiar with it in my gardening business. Thanks for the mystery challenges- it’s fun to do.

  2. Joyce Hochsprung says:

    Iris cristata, Dwarf Crested Iris I’ve never seen them in the wild either, not surprising since I live on the prairie but I grow a couple varieties in my shade gardens.

  3. Angelyn says:

    You both are “right on!” This is Dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata). I had never seen this beautiful flowering plant UNTIL I came across it in the wild. Now I’ve found several patches of this plant on the property where I live. It’s one of the spring blooming plants I eagerly look for each year.

    Richard, I’m very glad you are enjoying the mystery challenges. I have fun doing them.

    Joyce, thanks for growing native plants in your gardens! When I find a plant which is native to this area, and I like the plant, I usually encourage it to take up residence near me (by purchasing a plant from a local nursery and planting it here). My gardens are growing larger as I plant more of these wonderful plants.

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